For those of you that follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably know that I am a Mark Webber fan. Along with my unwavering loyalty comes a hidden disappointment for his performance over the last few seasons. I hate to admit that but it’s true.
In Red Bulletin – Red Bull’s in-house magazine – Helmut Marko said: “It seems to me that Webber has on average two races per year where he is unbeatable, but he can’t maintain this form throughout the year.
“And as soon as his prospects start to look good in the world championship, he has a little trouble with the pressure that this creates.
“In comparison with Seb’s rising form, it seems to me that Mark’s form somehow flattens out.
“Then, if some technical mishap occurs, like with the alternator for example, he falls relatively easily into a downward spiral.
I can imagine Webber pulling some sort of angry/grumpy face and then just shrugging as if those comments mean nothing to him. In an interview on his own website he said: “Look, everyone at this level has their own agendas and it’s been evident for a long time now that I’ve never been a part of Marko’s.”
With Webber’s engineer buggering off to Lotus, we will see him working alongside Simon Rennie for 2013. All the pre-season testing is going to be as much about Webber and Rennie getting to know one another as it is the cars. Perhaps this will be good for Webber, although he said his relationship with Ciaron Pilbeam was good, perhaps a change will work in Webber’s advantage.
At the start of last season I said that Mark would do brilliantly. He did OK, he’s not making it easy to be a fan. Thank god he’s nice to look at.
This season, though, he WILL do well. (Or else…) People always say that Vettel is an average driver in a good car. Well no, he must be a good driver in a good car in order to beat someone in the same car.